In a much anticipated move, 2018 Encino (Calif.) Crespi point guard Brandon Williams has committed to Arizona.
The four-star guard chose the Wildcats over offers from Gonzaga, UCLA, UConn, Kansas, and a variety of others.
Williams was unable to play his junior season due to an injury, but recently gave an update on his progress and seems to be coming along nicely.
“The recovery is going really well,” Williams said. “Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to play this summer, but by the start of my senior season I’m going to be 100 percent ready to go.
“I wish I would be able to run this summer, but getting ready for my last season right before college is my top priority.”
Even as far back as December, Williams made no secret of the fact that Arizona was making quite the impression on him.
“I’ve talk with Coach Miller,” Williams said. “I don’t know what he tells other players, but they still want me and they said they need a pure point guard to come in and run things and let guys play their natural positions.
“All the schools have been really good to me, but Arizona is one that does stand out. The coaches have been first class with my family and they have told me exactly how they want to use me.”
What type of player is Arizona getting with Williams’ commitment?
“Williams' combination of size, length, athleticism, ball skills and pure upside land him atop this list (of top point guards in the west in 2018) and by a good margin,” Josh Gershon writes. “Williams is an easy high major point guard prospect who has consistently improved over the last couple of years.
“Williams has the handle and quickness to beat defenders off the dribble and create his own shot or look for teammates. He has a very good balance of creating for others and looking for his own shot. He’s become a pretty consistent three-point shooter, while he has an improved floater and is a good driver who can finish with both hands at the rim.
“Williams sees the court very well and is tough for opponents to contain off the bounce. Defensively he’s made a big jump and now does a very good job using his quick hands and lateral quickness to accumulate steals and frustrate opponents.”